NCEA Level 3 Biology
- Understanding of diversity, structure, function and interrelationships of living organisms, and their interactions with the abiotic environment;
- Understanding of genetics, evolution and human evolution;
- Understanding of interactions between humans and their environment, and how these are influenced by developments in biological knowledge and technology; and
- Scientific investigative skills and attitudes.
This course is a University Entrance approved subject.
Field trips: An optional 3 day trip to NZ Marine Studies Centre in Dunedin. This trip is an extension to the 19 credit Biology course and provides an outstanding opportunity for students to extend their research skills.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
For students participating in the field trip - approximately $310, to be advised at the time.
Voluntary course contribution: Student workbook $31 approximately.
Recommended Prior Learning
At least 14 Credits from Level 2 Biology or consultation with Head of Science Faculty. Students not gaining Merit grades or better in Level 2 are likely to struggle with the Level 3 course.
Total Credits Available: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 26
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.
Biology: Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse Chemistry: Pharmacist, Bio-Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Forensic Scientist Physics: Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician Horticulture: Tree Surgeon, Nursery Production Manager, Packhouse Supervisor, Orchard Grower, Town Planner, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Meteorologist, Policy Analyst, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Archivist, Film maker, Lawyer, Historian, Social Work, Geologist, Packhous,
For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.